March 26th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€“ Ask Laurel Shepard why a qualifying fifth-grade student would want to apply to The College Crusade of Rhode Island, and she reels off reasons as if they were items from a shopping list.
â€śFor one, we're an organization that will prepare you for college, so â€“ when you graduate from high school â€“ you're more than ready,â€ť explained the Crusade's Admissions Manager. â€śWe offer a variety of college readiness programs for those in grades 6-12.
The hockey season concluded less than a week ago and to no one's surprise it was Mount St. Charles that was celebrating on the ice with another state championship. Except for a four-year dry spell from 2003-07, that's the way it has been since the 1977-78 season for the Mounties, who have racked up 42 state titles in their storied history.
In boys' swimming, Bishop Hendricken has won every team title since 1989-90, a total of 22 straight crowns.
Might Ed Cooleyâ€™s standing as the Friarsâ€™ new head coach rekindle the sparks with high school prospect and fellow Providence native Ricky Ledo? Time will tell says Ryan Hurd, Ledoâ€™s head coach at Notre Dame Prep, located in Fitchburg, Mass.
PROVIDENCE â€“ When Kyan Anderson and Markus Crider signed on with Providence College, each player was under the premise that Keno Davis would be coaching them.
Lucille I. Pouliot
ATTLEBORO- Lucille I. (Doucette) Pouliot, 80, of Attleboro, died Sunday March 20, 2011 at home with her family.
She was the wife of the late Arthur J. Pouliot.
She was born in Central Falls RI, a daughter of the late George H. & Marie Reine (Blouin) Doucette.
Lucille was a Hairdresser and a Certified Nurses Aide, for many years.
She has lived in Attleboro for 21 years coming from Pawtucket and also Oxnard California.
Mrs. Pouliot had volunteered at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, she loved to travel, and go camping.
Blanche M. Lacourse
SEEKONK - Blanche M. Lacourse, 91, formerly of Ricard St. Passed away Friday at Canterbury Woods Assisted Living in Attleboro after a short illness. She was the wife of Gerard J. Lacourse Sr. and was married for 69 years.
She was born in Central Falls a daughter of the late Albert and Anna (Reiniche) Lemay and had lived in Seekonk most of her life. She had been employed in the office at the Former Foxboro Company for several years.
LINCOLN - Germaine Marceau, 78, passed March 25th with her loving family by her side, she was the wife of Norman Marceau, they have been married for 57 years.
Born in Rouses Point, NY, the daughter of the late Joseph and Lorette (Landry) Fournier.
She had been employed by RIARC in Human Services for many years.
Theodore H. Charron
ATTLEBORO - Theodore H. Charron, 84, of Morse Avenue, Attleboro, a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 in the Good Samaritan Medical Center, Brockton. He was the beloved husband of Marie M.(Plante) Charron.
Jeanne C. Lizotte
CENTRAL FALLS - Jeanne C. Lizotte, 83 of the Wilfred Manor in Central Falls died on Thursday at Harris Home Care North. She was the wife of the late Roland H. Lizotte. Born in Central Falls and a lifelong resident of the city, she was the daughter of the late Phydime and Anna (Levesque) Hemond.
She was a communicant of St. Matthew Church (now Holy Spirit Catholic Community). Prior to retirement, she had been employed as a waitress at Stanley's Restaurant in Central Falls and previously as a quality inspector at Hasbro in Pawtucket.
Anna E. Choiniere
PAWTUCKET - Anna E. (Quinn) Choiniere, 83, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2011. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond N. Choiniere for 54 years.
PROVIDENCE â€” As he wrapped up his first press conference as Providence Collegeâ€™s new basketball coach, Ed Cooley was asked about his first order of business.
â€śRecruit, recruit, recruit,â€ť was Cooleyâ€™s quick-to-the-point response.
PROVIDENCE â€“ One could walk out of Alumni Hall draped in confidence that Providence College got it right this time.
That was Ed Cooleyâ€™s biggest accomplishment on Wednesday afternoon. He gave a fan base a reason to hope again. The Providence native is coming home to breath fresh air into a program that is begging for a turnaround, and he appears the correct guy for the job.
PAWTUCKET â€” A dozen or so angry business owners with property located in the construction and detour zone around the Pawtucket I-95 bridge replacement project vented their frustrations at a March 14 meeting with state and local officials at City Hall.
Genevieve H. Pupecki
WARWICK - Genevieve H. Pupecki 88, of Lemac Street passed away Monday March 21, 2011 at Kent Hospital.
Born in Providence she was a daughter of the late Stanislaw and Helena (Buznacka) Pupecki. She lived in Warwick for the past 10 years and was formerly of Cranston.
She was a volunteer at Meals On Wheels of Cranston and was a member of the Johnston Senior Center.
She leaves 1 loving sister Sophie "Phyllis" Muro of Warwick and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Stanley, Joseph and Walter Pupecki.
Charlotte C. Ethier
LINCOLN - Charlotte C. Ethier, 85, of Lincoln, died Tuesday at The Holiday Retirement Center surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Raymond O. Ethier Sr.
Born in Pawtucket, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Gertrude (St. Louis) Alix.
Ernest J. Jacques
ALBION - Ernest J. "Ernie" Jacques, 78, of School St., Albion, died Tuesday evening at The Holiday in Manville. He was the loving husband of Lillian (Henault) Jacques.
A lifelong resident of Albion, he was a son of the late Henry and Rosilda Jacques.
Mr. Jacques served in the Rhode Island National Guard for over 30 years. He was employed by American Tourister, Madison Industries, and BJ's Wholesale Stores.
Joao F. DaRocha
PAWTUCKET - Joao F. DaRocha, 83, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2011 surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. DaRocha was born in St. Miguel, Azores, the son of the late Joao and Maria Isabel (Machado) DaRocha and the husband of the late Olinda E. (Costa) DaRocha.
He was a press operator at Cass Jewelry in North Providence for many years.
The two virtually grew up in the same corner of the state, frequently crossing paths whenever a pickup game broke out. Everything changed though, Jamal Gomes recalls, on the day of his high school graduation, when he learned a great deal about Ed Cooley, the person.
â€śHe had heard that I was coming to Stonehill College to play basketball and called to congratulate me,â€ť was one of several stories Gomes shared about Cooley, who will be introduced as the next menâ€™s basketball head coach at Providence College Wednesday afternoon. â€śHeâ€™s an amazing, amazing man.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ There was only one candidate Providence College officials had its sights set on to become the schoolâ€™s next basketball coach. Apparently Ed Cooley felt that warm embrace to the point that the Providence native is ready to take on the challenge of reversing the Friarsâ€™ fortunes.
Tuesday saw Providence officially sign off on the 41-year-old Cooley as the Friarsâ€™ new coach. Terms of the deal were not announced, though itâ€™s not too far-fetched to think Cooley received something comparable, in terms of length and compensation, to the package Keno Davis was awarded three years ago.